Delicious homemade rosemary and garlic challa croutons!

If you have never tried challa bread, you have to go out and buy some, or make it yourself.  It is just so delicious!  Eating challa is an integral part of a Jewish Friday night dinner and recently I have got into the habit of baking my own loaves.  It is so satisfying to produce each week and tastes great the next day for breakfast or lunch. 

This weekend we didn’t get around to eating most of our challa bread and by Monday it wasn’t at its best.  There was no way I was going to throw it away as there are so many things that you can do with stale bread and I decided now was the time to make croutons!   Having never made croutons before I did the usual googling, got a rough idea and came up with the following:

Ingredients:

Challa bread which is a couple of days old
Fresh garlic
Freshly picked rosemary
Olive oil

Method:

  1. Slice up the bread (remove the crusts if you want to)
  2. Chop it up into squares
  3. Place into a baking tray (I used stoneware as it eliminates the need to use foil or baking paper)
  4. Put the garlic, oil and rosemary into a blender and blitz together
  5. Drizzle the blended liquid over the breadcrumbs and mix well to coat them.  You may find you need to drizzle some more oil over the breadcrumbs as they drink it up!
  6. Place the breadcrumbs in the oven for around 15-20 minutes, turning them over every few minutes to stop them from burning.
  7. Leave to cool
  8. Store in a airtight container e.g. an old jar
  9. Enjoy! (You might want to hide them as they are so tasty they might not get a chance to be eaten with soup otherwise!)
Note:  I haven’t given quantities here as it really depends on the amount of bread which needs to be used up, so you will need to use your judgement as to how much rosemary/ oil/ garlic is needed!

Making your own croutons is very satisfying – you can feel so proud that you made your own delicious croutons, eliminated food waste and saved money (current cost in the supermarket for around 70g croutons is £1.00 – you can make yours using ingredients that might have ended up in the bin otherwise)!

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